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Big Spring resident Anthony Rivas gives back to Big Spring for Thanksgiving


Yesterday, 24-year-old Big Spring resident Anthony Rivas was joined by friends outside of Isaiah 58 in Big Spring to offer a helping hand to anyone who needed help gathering groceries for a Thanksgiving family meal. Rivas was inspired to organize a food drive after participating in a similar event earlier this month.

 

Jessica Blanco, one of the friends helping to distribute food yesterday, told KBest News that she was impressed that Rivas had this desire to give back to the Big Spring community because of how young he is. 

 

"It's rare that you see something like that," said Blanco. "You know, someone taking initiative and saying, 'Hey, I wanna give back to my town.'"

 

Rivas told KBest News that he was blessed, surprised and excited to help the 16 families that showed up for the event. He now plans to partner with Isaiah 58 for a toy drive.

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Christmas Tour of Homes


The United Way’s 1st annual Christmas Tour of Homes will be on December 5th from 6-9 PM! 6 homes in Big Spring will be beautifully decorated for the Christmas season and will be open to tour. Each location includes a silent auction and refreshments. Money raised from the event will benefit the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Addresses will be listed in this year’s program for the United Way’s Christmas Tour of Homes. 

 

Be advised that Christmas messages can also be added to this year’s program for $50 each. The deadline to get that added is Monday, Dec. 2nd. For more information, contact Christian Fair, Executive Director for the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County at 432-816-3573.

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After 93 years, Elrod's Furniture will become Mitchell's Furniture Mattress City


 

After 93 years of service to Greater Big Spring area, Elrod’s Furniture has been sold and will become Mitchell’s Furniture Mattress City.

 

Elrod’s Furniture has been in the Elrod family for 3 generations. Dee and Linda Elrod, Owners of Elrods, told KBest News they had been looking for an exit strategy for some time now, and a great opportunity came along that worked well for everyone involved.

 

"It was a horrible decision to make," said Linda. "It was hard. We really wanted to hit a 100 years, but the opportunity to sell the store came up before that, and we've been happy and sad. We've floated back and forth lots trying to make the decision and finally decided, maybe now was the time."

 

When asked if there was anything they’d like to say to the community of Big Spring, Dee stated, "We just wanna thank everybody, very sincerely, because we felt like the community has supported us and helped us. They've taught us and just made our life here very, very good."

 

The Elrods sold sell their business back in October of this year to Mark and Jennifer Mitchell, of Midland. Interestingly enough, Dee and Mark have known each other for about 30 years, and the Mitchells also have a furniture business that spans 3 generations.

 

Mark told KBest News that one of the first changes customers will see in the newly acquired business is a new sign. 

 

"We've got a big digital sign that we'll be putting on the front of the store. So, even if you're driving at night time you'll be able to see it. It'll be lit up with specials and pictures of sets and things like that that we'll be putting out, and also the name," said Mark. 

 

This will be the second store for the Mitchells. 

 

"We try to keep ourself as a small town company, even though we're bigger we still do the same," said Mark. "We're still all about service, all about personal connections, [and] relationships. That's what we do. I think it's kinda what makes us fit into what Dee and Linda had here was becasue we're all about people and relationships and making sure that we always have not just customers, but friends.

 

"I think it's actually what's made us successful [because] we're always looking at our people not as customers but as either friends or future friends." 

 

Cindy Inderlied, Mark’s sister, has already moved to Big Spring and will be managing the day-to-day operations of the store.

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BSISD announces Wommack as new Director of Safety and Security, 11/21/19


Jim Wommack was announced as the Director of Safety and Security for Big Spring ISD during Thursday night’s regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.

 

When asked what he looks forward to the most in stepping into the position of Director for Safety and Security for the district, Wommack told KBest News that he looks forward to achieving his goal of providing a safe and secure envrironment for kids to learn.

 

"My number one job is make sure that every child we have is safe. The next is to make sure those children are happy. A safe, happy child has a better opportunity to receive the education that we are providing them in the classroom. So, at the end of the day, a safe, happy kids is my goal," said Wommack.

 

Wommack’s new responsibilities will include finding ways to provide a safe and secure environment for kids to learn. He also noted that social media plays a role in safety and security. 

 

"In the world that we live in right now, social media plays a role. So, we have to be able to educate our children and parents on social media. We have to look at how bullying affects are children.

 

I think a lot of times people often look at the bigger things when they see national media stories, but it's not just that," continued Wommack. "It goes down to the core of kids going to school everyday, the problems that they face, identifying the problems that our children are facing everyday, and having a plan so we can help our children understand that we are apart of this with them. They're not fighting this alone. We're a community. We're gonna battle these things together to make sure that our kids are safe and happy."

 

Wommack is currently the Associate Principal at Big Spring Jr. High and his new position will not become effective until January 2020.

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PSA: Building demolition on 3rd Street in Big Spring scheduled for 11-23-19


On Saturday, November 23, 2019, City crews will begin demolition of the building located at 400 East 3rd Street.  The building being demolished is located east of the Municipal Auditorium. The building is being removed to create a parking lot that will accommodate events at the Auditorium.  The area is taped off and residents are asked to proceed with caution if traveling in the area.  We estimate the demolition will take one week to complete.

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City of Big Spring, Howard County, and DPS Offices to close for Thanksgiving holidays


COUNTY OFFICES TO CLOSE

Howard County will close all offices Thursday, November 28, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. County Offices will open again for business on Monday, December 2, 2019.

 

Sheriff's Administrative Offices will be closed but Law Enforcement Services will operate as normal.


 

CITY OFFICES TO CLOSE

The City of Big Spring will close all offices Wednesday, November 27, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. for the Thanksgiving Holiday. All offices, will remain closed Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019.

 

Emergencies

Emergency services (Police, Fire, and EMS) will continue normal operations throughout the holidays.

 

Emergency Utilities Department will also continue and can be contacted at 264-2392.

 

Happy Thanksgiving for the City of Big Spring.


 

CITY TO CLOSE SANITATION AND LANDFILL

The City of Big Spring will close the Sanitation Department for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 28, 2019.
 

If you have a roll-out and your pickup day is Thursday, your roll-out will be picked up on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. Please have your roll-out set out before 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, November 27, 2019.


 

Landfill

Landfill will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019 and Friday, November 29, 2019. The Landfill will open on Saturday, November 30th with normal working hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


 

Landfill and Sanitation Departments can be contacted at 264-2383.

 

 

DPS Office Closures

State offices, including the DL office, will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday starting Wednesday, Nov 27, and will reopen at their normal hours on Monday, Dec 2. 

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Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce holds annual toy drive


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Toy Drive is going on now and will continue through December 13th. New, un-wrapped toys for boys and girls, ages 2 – 18, can be dropped off at the Chamber Office at 215 W. 3rd St. in Big Spring. These toys will be donated to CASA of West Texas and the Salvation Army of Big Spring.

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Over 200 people attended Empty Bowls 2019


The annual event Empty Bowls took place yesterday at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum in Big Spring. According to Christian Fair, Executive Director the United Way of Big Spring and Howard County, there were over 200 people who attended the event.

 

A total amount of $11,635 was raised from yesterday’s event. Money raised during the current campaign season benefits the United Way and their local 14 partnering agencies.

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Multiple Arrests at Residence in Big Spring on 11/20/19


On the 20th of November 2019 at approximately 10:30 A.M., a Big Spring Police Department Investigator located a 2006 Black Dodge 2500 PK at a residence in the 2200 block of S. Monticello that had been reported stolen from Midland Tx on the 13th of November 2019. Big Spring Police Department Investigators had knowledge of this vehicle and the circumstances surrounding the Theft of the vehicle. It was known that at the time this vehicle was stolen, multiple firearms were also stolen from the residence in Midland. The Big Spring Police Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Office and Midland Police Department have been engaged in an on-going joint investigation for the past several days involving this particular stolen vehicle. Officers with the Big Spring Police Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Public Safety immediately set up a perimeter on the residence and attempted to make contact with persons inside. Only one occupant exited the residence. A search warrant affidavit was drafted and presented to a magistrate at which time a search warrant was issued to search the residence for stolen firearms. The Big Spring Police Department/Howard County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed the search warrant taking into custody Allen Ray Ward White/Male 46 years of age, Thomas Del Bolton White/Male 37 years of age, Krystal Annette Buchanan White/Female 36 years of age, Marty Ray Evans Jr White/Male 29 years of age, & Anastasia Lynn Coker White/Female 23 years of age.
Investigators with the Big Spring Police Department, Midland Police Department and Howard County Sheriff’s Office located stolen property within the residence from several burglaries that have since been returned to the rightful owners. Also located within the residence was methamphetamine and heroin.


The following subjects were arrested and charged:

 

Allan Ward – Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Theft >$2,500 < $30,000, Theft >$100 < $750, Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1 >1g<4g and Theft of a Firearm. (pictured on the bottom row in the middle)

 

Thomas Bolton – Aggravated Robbery Warrant & Burglary of a Habitation Warrant (pictured on bottom left corner)

 

Marty Ray Evans Jr – Parole Violation (pictured in top right corner)

 

Krystal Annette Buchanan – Failure to Appear/Bail Jumping (pictured in top left corner)

 

Anastasia Lynn Coker – Possession of a Controlled Substance PG 1 >1g <4g (pictured in bottom right corner)

 

This continues to be an ongoing criminal investigation and the Big Spring Police Department expects additional arrests and charges to follow. No Further information is available at this time.

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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WEST TEXAS CENTERS CONSUMER DONATES HATS TO VETERANS


BIG SPRING, TX - A young Justin Jaegar needed an outlet to keep his temper in check.

Born with Down syndrome, Justin stated he became frustrated with the daily occurrences of life, often lost his cool. Whether it was interacting with others or learning a new task he often got irritated but then he discovered a hobby that would become his calling.

Knitting.

 

The 37-year-old stumbled upon knitting by happenstance. His congregation was performing a humanitarian mission in Prescott Valley, Arizona, and they needed people to make hygiene kits, quilts and hats for people in need, his father, Bruce Jaeger said. Once Justin learned the basic skills involved in making hats, he never looked back.

 

And he rarely lost his temper. 

 

“All my life I’m making them and it keeps me calm and I’m not yelling and I’m not screaming,” Justin Jaeger said. “I’m trying to relax and do my hats in peace and quiet.”

 

“It’s very relaxing for him,” his father said. “He’s been doing it now for about 10 years.”

 

Gloria Talamentes, Justin’s Vo-Tech service provider at West Texas Centers agreed that knitting has had a calming effect. Once Justin finishes his classes and work activities are completed, he sits down and makes hats and beanies which he eventually shares with others.

 

On November 25, Justin will present 50 hats to veterans at the Veterans Outpost. “He’s very excited,” Talamentes said. “He was telling me the other day about his plans to give hats to people who need them. I think it’s wonderful.” She also remembers when Justin presented a hat to everyone at the West Texas Center Christmas party.

 

“It makes him feel proud of himself,” Talamentes said. “He feels that even though he lives with Down syndrome, that he can still do this. It’s exciting to know what he has accomplished.” 

 

Justin even has a business card, she said. Justin can do custom ordering especially for his favorite team - the Green Bay Packers. 

 

Justin’s dad said the hat making is something he just fell into but has been therapeutic as well.

 

“It’s not an active business but he does sell them, mostly word of mouth,” Jaeger said. “He can make about two hats a day. He’s pretty good at it.”

 

He even has brought more of his friends at the Vo-Tech Center into the fold. “He has encouraged a couple of friends to sit down and start making hats,” Talamentes said. “They have even brought their own hat frames.”

 

Another accomplishment that Justin is very proud of is being a member of the Planning Network Advisory Committee (PNAC) for West Texas Centers.  Justin has served for two years and represents the IDD population, This committee is a diverse group of participants that include consumers, family members, providers and interested citizens,  a collaboration of WTC staff, consumers, community leadership, and family members with individuals in services.  

 

“Justin is a wonderful advocate for individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities," said Community Relations Director/PNAC Chair member Amy Vidal. 

 

He attends every meeting and actively supports and works with members to accomplish PNAC functions. Justin purchases yarn at the store or finds it at garage sales. Several people have donated yarn as well. Anyone who would like to donate yarn to Justin may bring it by the Vo-Tech Center at 501 Birdwell or the Veterans Outpost, 3205 S. Hwy 87, Alan D. Harris building. 

 

If anyone knows of a veteran who needs a beanie, they may stop by the Alan D. Harris building, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

 

West Texas Centers serves as the local authority for mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities for 23 counties in rural West Texas.

 

So what hat does Justin wear? “I don’t wear hats,” Justin said. “My hair is sensitive.” 

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Great American Smoke Out


Today is the Great American Smoke Out, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society that is held on the third Thursday of November. This social engineering event focuses on encouraging Americans to quit tobacco smoking. This year's theme is "Better starts today."

 

"The idea is to provide support to anybody who wants to quit smoking," said Tracy Taylor, Nurse Manager with Health Promotion Disease Prevention at the West Texas VA Health Care System.

 

"Of course, we're focused on our veterans, but there are a lot of great support tools to help us quit if we smoke. The thing is, it can take several times to quite smoking but acknowledging those efforts - whether it's 'I'm taking one less cigarette a day, or quitting all together' it's worth celebrating," said Taylor.

 

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 34 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. And more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease. 

 

Quitting smoking improves health immediately and over the long term – at any age. Stopping smoking is hard, but you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling and medications doubles or even triples your chances of quitting successfully.

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Big Spring Area Community Foundation announces new endowment fund for Howard County Volunteer Fire Department


Earlier this week, Greg Henry, Executive Director for the Big Spring Area Community Foundation, announced that a new endowed fund has been generated specifically for the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department.

 

According to Henry, an endowment is a type of fund that continues to grow from the interest that it generates.

 

"Each year we take what is earned through the interest [of the fund] and we give a portion of that. This, specifically, goes to only one agency and that is the [Howard County] Volunteer Fire Department. So, [donors] can give and each year a portion of that goes back to the [HCVFD] and they can use it however they want," said Henry.

 

Jan Foresyth, Board Member for both the Big Spring Area Community Foundation and the HCVFD, stated that the goal of the endowment fund is to generate revenue for the Volunteer Fire Department because they are not tax-supported.

 

It should be noted that although Howard County may provide fuel and a small allowance for maintenance, but the non-profit organization has been supported by donations alone and every member of the HCVFD is a non-paid volunteer.

 

For more information on how to donate to the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, visit www.bsacf.org, or contact Greg Henry, Executive Director for BSACF, at (817) 228-1015. 

 

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Female Wounded in Shooting:


On the 20th of November 2019 just after 6:00 A.M., Big Spring Police Department officers were sent to the 1300 block of Dixie in reference to shots fired. Upon arrival officers found that the suspect had been outside the residence and fired several times into the residence. A Hispanic/Female 30 years of age was found to be injured as a result of the shooting and was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment by Big Spring Emergency Medical Services. The victim was treated for injuries sustained and has since been released.

 

This shooting is believed to be the result from an earlier disturbance at the same residence in which a subject assaulted a different female and was not present at the residence when officers arrived. Detectives are investigating both incidents and expect Arrest Warrants to be issued.

 

Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon

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Wegman announces retirement from Big Spring EDC


Terry Wegman, Executive Director for the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation announced to the Board at the regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday night, 11/19/19, that he plans to retire at the end of March 2020.

 

Wegman was hired as Executive Director in July of 2007. He, along with the vision of the Board, has facilitated numerous projects and programs during his tenure including:

 

  • facilitating the development of several wind farms in Howard County
  • redevelopment of Hotel Settles
  • expansion of several businesses on the Air/Industrial Park
  • numerous upgrades to buildings and the runways a the Airpark
  • utility infrastructure improvements within Big Spring
  • initiating building entr ways from the new HWY 87 reliever route into the Airpark form the south and west interchanges

 

The Board will begin a search for a new Executive Director in the upcoming weeks. It should be noted that Wegman has indicated that he will be available to assist and consult on cointinuing projects going forward.

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Area News: Midland man killed in Upton County Crash


UPTON COUNTY, Tx. (KOSA) -- DPS has identified a man who was killed in a crash along State Highway 349 on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.

 

The victim has been identified as Juan Martinez, 51, of Midland.

 

According to DPS, their troopers were called to a crash on SH 349 18 miles north of Rankin at 1:27 p.m.

 

When their troopers arrived at the scene they found a crash involving two 18-wheelers. Martinez, the driver of one of the 18-wheelers, passed away at the scene. The driver of the other 18-wheeler was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

 

A preliminary investigation of the crash revealed that both 18-wheelers were traveling south on the highway.

 

According to DPS, the 18-wheeler ahead of Martinez slowed down to turn into a private drive. DPS says that Martinez crashed into the back of that 18-wheeler.

 

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts at the time.

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Vehicle pursuit results in arrest and recovery of stolen items by Big Spring Police Department


On Monday, November 18th, at approximately 1:15 P.M., a Big Spring Police Department Officer observed a White 2013 Chevrolet 2500 HD truck at the intersection of 3rd and Johnson, which had been reported stolen to the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. The officer caught up with the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The vehicle refused to stop and the officer engaged in a pursuit with the vehicle.

 

The pursuit continued westbound on 3rd Street and continued to turn behind an abandoned residence in the 1800 block of W. 3rd. The officer turned behind the vehicle and found the occupants to have already run from the vehicle. A perimeter was established and Christian Anthony Torrence White/Male 24 years of age was subsequently arrested. Within the vehicle recovered, officers located property that had been stolen from vehicles in Garden City.

As a result of this arrest, Investigators with BSPD, Howard County Sheriff’s Office, and Garden City Sheriff’s Office are working together to clear multiple vehicle burglaries, stolen vehicles, stolen firearms and habitation burglaries.

 

As of yesterday morning, Torrence has been charged with the following:

Possession of Marijuana

Evading Arrest with Vehicle

Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle (2 counts)

Theft of a Firearm

& Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

 

Investigators believe additional charges will follow as this investigation proceeds.

 

Investigators are also asking for help from the community in identifying several key fobs that were found to be in Torrence’s possession, as well as key fobs found to be in Ryan McKiernan and Anthony Ledesma’s possession from their arrest on November 8th. If you have any information or suspect key fobs in our possession to belong to one of your vehicles please call Detectives Sergeant John Haynes at 432-264-2558.

 

If you have any information relating to any of the investigations that BSPD are currently working please call CrimeStoppers at (432)263-tips (8477). You can also leave an anonymous tip using the “P3 Tips” mobile application or from web address www.P3tips.com/1277.

 

The Big Spring Police Department continues to urge the community to lock your vehicles and continue to remove from within vehicles firearms, valuables, key-fobs, etc.

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Segment Committee Meeting in Big Spring


A Segment Committee Meeting was held in Big Spring today as part of the comprehensive study conducted by TXDOT for the Ports-to-Plains Corridor. The study must evaluate the feasibility of, and the costs and logistical matters associated with, improvements that create a four-lane divided highway, which meets interstate highway standards to the extent possible.

 

According to Gene Powell, Public Information Officer for the Odessa District of TXDOT, Monday’s meeting was the first of 4 for Segment 2, which runs between the Hale/Lubbock County line and the Sutton/Edwards County line. He noted that the purpose of the meeting is to gather feedback from mayors and county judges, or their appointees, to hear what they see as needs along the corridor.

 

"The Ports-to-Plains Corridor is nearly 1,000 miles long. It’s impossible to know every nook and cranny of it, so we need local elected officials, and others, to come to these meetings and give us their perspective of what needs to be done,” said Powell.

 

The next Segment 2 Committee Meeting is projected to be in February; however, it may be in a different portion of Segment 2. The exact time and date are yet to be determined.

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One Killed in Two Vehicle Crash on 11-15-19


Texas DPS identified a man killed in a two-vehicle crash that occurred early on Friday morning in Mitchell County as 62-year-old Michael Scales, of Colorado City. The crash occurred just 2 miles west of Colorado City.

 

According to the preliminary crash report, Scales was traveling west on the south service road of I-20 when he struck another vehicle traveling eastbound on the service road that had attempted to enter the interstate using the on-ramp.

 

Scales was pronounced dead at the scene, and the second driver, 24-year-old Robert Gonzales, also of Colorado City, was transported to Mitchell County Hospital with serious injury

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Garcia and Holmes plead GUILTY in the murder of Eric Pool


Yesterday, 11/14/19, in Gabriel Garcia and Dillon Holmes plead guilty in the June 18, 2019 murder of 21-year-old Big Spring resident Eric Pool.

 

According to 118th Judicial District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson, it appeared that Garcia, 17-years-old at the time, and Holmes, 19-years-old at the time, had been under the impression that there were drugs and cash inside of Pool's residence at 1407 ½ Settles. After forcing their way into the residence, Garcia shot Pool five times.

 

Both were convicted of murder. Garcia was sentenced to 50 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as the shooter in the case, and Holmes was sentenced to 40 years for his role as an accomplice.

 

 

Photo: (left to right) Gabriel Garcia, Dillon Holmes

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Public requested to attend local meeting to show support for I-27 extension, 11/18/19


In addition to the Advisory Committee established by House Bill 1079, the legislation established three Segment Committees including Segment 1 between New Mexico and Oklahoma borders and the Hale/Lubbock County line and Segment 2 between the Hale/Lubbock County line and the Sutton/Edwards County line. Segment 3, between Sutton/Edwards County line and the I-35/Juarez-Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, held its first meeting earlier this month and had a great public presence.

 

Segment 1 and 2 Committees are meeting next week, and the public is requested to attend these meetings in order to show support for the extension of I-27 along the Ports-to-Plains Corridor.

 

The Segment Committee will be meeting in Big Spring at Hotel Settles, located at 200 E. 3rd, on Monday, November 18, from 8 AM to noon. Again, the public is encouraged to attend the meeting, even if just for a portion of the time.

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DPS Launches Initiative for Federal Firearms Licensees to Verify Validity of LTC Permits


 

 

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has launched a new public webpage and automated telephone line allowing Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) to verify whether an individual’s Texas License to Carry (LTC) permit is valid when he/she attempts to use an LTC as an alternative permit to purchase a firearm. This new tool for FFLs is voluntary but highly encouraged.

 

A valid Texas LTC may be used as an alternative permit under 18 U.S.C. § 922(t) to authorize a firearm transfer without the otherwise required national instant criminal background (NICS) check. However, in some instances, an LTC may have been revoked, but the actual card may not have been surrendered by the license holder. In such instances, the LTC should not be used as an alternative permit. While the department is not aware of an invalid LTC used in such a manner, providing FFLs with a convenient avenue to verify an LTC is an important safeguard to prevent such action.

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Howard County residents speak at Howard County Commissioners Court to keep Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension Agent, 11/12/19


During the Nov. 12, 2019 meeting of the Howard County Commissioners Court, several Howard County residents urged county commissioners to keep the position of the Texas A&M AgriLife County Extension Agent for Family and Community Health in Howard County. The position is currently held by Sandy Taylor and is currently set to be terminated at the end of the year, along with the county trapper position.
 

Each person expressed different reasons and examples as to why the position was needed. Commissioners were advised that cutting the position would make a cut in beneficial programs for youth and adults in Howard County.
 

Commissioner Jimmy Long, Pct. 3, stated that although he understood the benefits of keeping the county extension agent, the decision to cut both positions were made in order to be proactive and to plan for the future. He also encouraged those who spoke during the meeting to contact their state representatives, Texas State Representative Drew Darby and Texas Senator Kel Seliger.

 

“These are small steps that we can make now to, hopefully, deter larger steps we have to make in the future. I don’t know. We don’t know how [SB 2] will affect Howard County,” said Long. He went on to say that that state legislature continues to pass unfunded mandates every two years when they meet.

 

 “[Recently,] There were seven new unfunded mandates that were passed down on counties that we now have to pay for out of our existing budget,” he continued. According to Commissioner Long, approximately 80-85 percent of the county budget goes to unfunded state mandates.

 

Commissioner Long told KBest News that that he feels certain that there would be more cuts in the near future in order to balance the budget and pay for the multiple non-funded state mandates that are coming.

 

“It’s sad because I think it takes away from some of the local programs that are good for our counties, but at the same time, we’re given the responsibility as a Commissioners Court to manage the tax payers’ money within a budget that’s reasonable,” said Long.

 

“I hate it for the public. [The Public Comments] tugged at my heart strings today, but I can’t make decisions based off of that. I have to make decisions based on planning for the future of Howard County.”

 

TEXAS STATE REPRESENTATIVE DREW DARBY
District Address:
36 W. Beauregard Suite 517
San Angelo, TX 76903

Ph: (325) 658-7313
Fax: (325) 659-3762 Fax

 

TEXAS STATE SENATOR KEL SELIGER
District Address:
401 Austin, Suite 101
Big Spring, TX 79720

(432) 268-9909 (TEL)
(432) 268-9899 (FAX)

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Snyder Junior High faces possible closure after receiving 5th consecutive failing rating


Snyder Junior High is facing possible closure after the school received its fifth consecutive failing rating from the Texas Education Agency this year.

 

Snyder ISD leadership met with TEA Commissioner Mike Morath last week to discuss sanctions against the district for Snyder Junior High’s academic rating.

 

The Texas Education Code allows for parent petitions to direct the Commissioner’s decision on whether to appoint a board of managers to govern the school district or to close the campus. It should be noted that a closure of the campus, according to local educational professionals, does not mean that the school will no longer be used, but rather that it will be reconstituted.

 

According to Snyder ISD's Facebook page, Snyder ISD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Bland was presented with 313 petitions on October 31, 2019. This is a sufficient number to require the closure of the campus. In addition to the parent petitions for closure, Dr. Bland was presented with 486 parent and community petitions supporting the reopening of Snyder Junior High with a grade realignment.

 

The petitions will be delivered to the Commissioner no later than December 1, 2019. The next step will require SISD to develop and submit a comprehensive plan to reopen the campus, with the majority of the grades realigned.

 

According to Dr. Bland, the next steps will require planning and partnership. He also went on to say that they look forward to collaborating with parents, teachers, district leadership, community members, and the TEA to do what is best for their students.

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12 Days Before Black Friday


12 Days Before Black Friday is an event that is organized by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce to help promote local retail businesses. This year’s participating businesses are: Big Mike’s Farm Store, Blue-Eyed Buffalo, Crowned Bird, Dazzling Décor, Famous Elle, Hotel Settles, Krazy Kow Co., Lula Blu Boutique, Soothe. A Bath Goods Boutique, Spring Town Plaza, The Chalet, The Karat Patch, and The Wardrobe Boutique. 

 

These businesses will have entry buckets for shoppers to sign up for a chance to win a prize from that particular business.

 

The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce will have a drawing for each weekday of the 12 Days Before Black Friday that begins today, Nov. 12th and will continue through Wednesday, November 27th. The winner will be announced at 2 PM every afternoon on KBest Country 95.7.

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Big Spring City Council meeting agenda, 11/12/19


The Big Spring City Council will be meeting in a regular session tomorrow evening at 5:30 PM in the City Council Chambers, located at 307 E. 4th St. in Big Spring.

 

The agenda shows that there will be presentations by the Northside Movement’s contribution of Comfort Bears to the Big Spring Police Department and Howard County Sheriff’s Office, and the creation of an official mobile app for the City of Big Spring.

 

There will also be public hearings on zone changes from Light Industrial to Single-Family 3 at 201 NE 3rd St., and from Light Industrial to General Residential at 200 N. Nolan St.

 

City Manager Todd Darden will also be giving project updates on several items including house bills concerning tax abatement guidelines, cyber security, and Ports-to-Plains. He’ll also be speaking on the emergency sewer line repair, and water line breaks and repairs, and phase II of the Big Sandy Draw Landfill.

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Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home receives $10,000 for outdoor patio furniture.


Yesterday, 11-05-19, the Big Spring Area Community Foundation presented a check of $10,000 to Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veterans Home in Big Spring on behalf of Twin Eagle Sand Logsitics.

 

Greg Henry, Executive Director for Big Spring Area Community Foundation, told KBest News that Twin Eagle Resource Management had contacted them last year with a desire to donate $10,000 and champion a veteran's cause. Last year's donation recipient was the West Texas VA Hospital in Big Spring for their greenhouse project. This year, Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Texas State Veteran's Home was chosen for the donation.

 

The donation will be used to purchase new outdoor patio furniture that the veterans and their families will get to use when they sit outside. When asked her thoughts on receiving the donation for the State Veterans home, Administrator for Lamen-Lusk-Sanchez Melissa Tumlin, said that they were very thankful for the donation.

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Over 1500 canned food items are collected during this year's "Halloween Wars" in Big Spring.


The winner of this year’s Halloween Wars was revealed yesterday with a pie to the face. The local Big Spring offices of Back in Motion and Ward Family Dental participated in a friendly competition to see who could collect the most cans of food that would be later donated to Isaiah 58, the food pantry in Big Spring.

 

A total of 1,595 cans were collected between the two offices. The Back in Motion office won the competition by collecting 933 cans, Ward Family Dental collected 662 cans and also donated toothbrushes and toothpastes. Both Dr. Jody Reid of Back in Motion and Dr. David Ward of Ward Family Dental received a pie in the face.

 

Nancy Stinson, President of Isaiah 58, told KBest News that it was exciting to see the amount of cans donated, noting that joint donation would feed 500 families. 

 

Isaiah 58, located at 809 Scurry St. in Big Spring, is ran by donations only and all of their workers are volunteers. Anyone wanting to donate food or make monetary donations to Isaiah 58 are encouraged to contact them by calling their office at 432-263-4758 or call Nancy at 432-816-0590.

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BIG SPRING CITY OFFICES TO CLOSE


City Offices

The City of Big Spring will close all offices including Sanitation and Landfill for Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2019.

 

Landfill

Landfill will also be closed Monday, November 11, 2019. There will be no sanitation pickup on Monday, November 11, 2019. Mondays Route will be moved to Tuesday and Tuesdays Route will be moved to Wednesday.

 

Emergency Services
Emergency services (Police, Fire, and EMS) will continue normal operations during the holiday.

 

Emergency Utilities
Emergency Utilities Department will also continue normal operations and can be contacted at 264-2392.

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2019 Angel Tree Sign-ups


2019 Angel Tree sign-ups began yesterday and will continue on Thursday, Nov. 7th until 7 PM at the Salvation Army in Big Spring, located at 811 W. 5th St.

 

This is a Christmas Assistance registration to help families with children from newborns to 13 years old. According to Lt. Ben Godwin with the Salvation Army of Big Spring, this program is for families who need help providing gifts for their kids this holiday season, senior citizens, and disabled residents.

 

Be advised you must bring the following information to complete your Christmas application:

  • Photo identification – Current driver’s license or State/Country issued ID
  • Proof of Guardianship with child’s date of birth – Birth Certificate, Birth facts from the hospital, legal documents
  • Proof of residency – current ID or rental agreement or current household bill
  • Proof of income – government assistance (TANF, Medicaid, Food Stamps), current paycheck stubs, or notarized letter from your employer to include their contact information and your current income

 

Be advised that no children are allowed at registration and all required documents are needed at the time of registration. 

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New Sandwich Shop celebrates Grand Opening in Big Spring!


Local’s, the new sandwich shop in Big Spring, celebrated their grand opening on Tuesday morning. The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce joined their newest chamber member for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Local’s, located at 1600 Wasson Rd. in Big Spring, is co-owned by Kelly and Joe Owens.

 

Local’s works with all Boar's Head meats. They're open Monday - Friday, 11 am - 2 pm.

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Thank you, BBVA Compass Bank, for your investment in our community!


The Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce recognized BBVA Compass Bank, located at 1500 S. Gregg St. in Big Spring, for all that they do for the community.

 

Cindy Jones, Branch Manager for the Big Spring branch, told KBest News that BBVA is grateful for the recognition. She also went on to say that it brings awareness of BBVA to the community and highlights their commitment to the Big Spring and the surrounding communities.

 

(Photo contributed by the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce.)

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Texas Uniform Election - Election Day – What you need to know for Nov. 5, 2019


The Texas Constitution has been amended 498 times since the current constitution was adopted 143 years ago in 1876. Today, voters will decide on 10 proposals in a statewide constitutional amendment election.

 

PROPOSITIONS

The following is a list of propositions that will be on today's ballot:

 

 

Title - Subject - Description

 

Proposition 1 - Municipal - Allows persons to serve as more than one appointed or elected municipal judge

 

Proposition 2 - Bonds - Allows the Texas Water Development Board to issue up to $200 million in bonds

 

Proposition 3 - Taxes - Authorizes temporary property tax exemption for disaster areas

 

Proposition 4 - Taxes - Prohibits the state from levying an income tax on individuals

 

Proposition 5 - Budgets - Dedicates revenue from the sales tax on sporting goods to parks, wildlife, and historical agencies

 

Proposition 6 - Bonds - Authorizes the legislature to increase bonds for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute

 

Proposition 7 - Budgets - Increases distributions to the state school fund

 

Proposition 8 - Budgets - Creates a Flood Infrastructure Fund

 

Proposition 9 - Taxes - Authorizes property tax exemption for precious metals held in depositories

 

Proposition 10 - Animals - Allows for transfer of law enforcement animals to handlers or others if in animal's best interest

 

(https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_2019_ballot_measures)

 

 

 POLLING PLACES IN HOWARD COUNTY

Polling places will be open from 7 AM - 7 PM today at the following places:

 

  • Ryan Hall / St. Thomas Church, located at 605 N. Main in Big Spring

  • Coahoma City Hall at 122 N. 1st in Coahoma 

  • First Baptist Church at 705 W. FM 700 in Big Spring

  • and Dorothy Garrett Coliseum at 1001 Birdwell Ln. in Big Spring.

 

ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF ID

The following is a list of acceptable photo IDs at the polling place:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS

  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS

  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph

  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph

  • United States Passport (book or card)

 

With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which does not expire, for voters aged 18-69, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.

 

For more information on voting in Texas, visit www.votetexas.gov.

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'Tis the season for the Christmas Tree Forest at the Heritage Museum in Big Spring


Decorating for the annual Christmas Tree Forest continues on through this week at the Heritage Museum.

 

Each year, participants decorate individualized trees that will be on display during the Christmas Season. The museum will provide the tree and lights, and participants provide the decorations and creativity. This opportunity can be used to advertise a business, organization, or just show off your talent.

 

Trees will be judged by museum visitors and will be voted on. Winners will be announced on December 21st at 10 AM. It’s free to participate and there will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. 

 

Be advised that trees must be decorated between November 1st through Nov. 8th, and they’ll be displayed through December 20th.

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Newest short film by local film makers to be shown at Mezcal for free on 11-02-19.


The short film, CAPROCK, will have a free screening tomorrow night at 8 PM at Mezcal, 125 E. 3rd St. in Big Spring. The 15-minute film is about two sisters who embark on a road trip to explore the old stomping grounds of a serial killer.

 

Hollie Gonzales, screenplay co-writer for the film, stated that there were a few things that she wanted to incorporate.

 

"I just wanted to encapsulate the west Texas landscape, and some landmarks, and maybe throw in an old ghost story that we grew up with. I knew I wanted it to be, like, kind of a horror movie," said Gonzales.

 

This screening of CAPROCK will be an extended cut, and possibly a Q&A session. The free screening is open to ages 18 and up. After the screening, only ages 21 and up will be allowed to stay.

 

Producers for the film are James and Amanda Fite, Brandon J. Johnson, and Zach Campbell of the Big Spring area, and Hollie Gonzales of Snyder.

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